3rd day of search for West Allis man's body in Wind Lake

CREATED Jul 8, 2012 - UPDATED: Jul 9, 2012

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WIND LAKE - Dive crews were attempting Monday to find a body in Wind Lake after a presumed drowning, and help the victim's family find closure.

Dive teams and crews from the Rochester and Tichigan Fire Departments engaged in the third day of their search for a missing swimmer in Wind Lake's murky waters.

A 57-year-old man from West Allis jumped off a pontoon boat Saturday and never surfaced.

"We have a number of targets that we've scanned the last couple days," said Racine County Water Rescue Response Team Sergeant Brad Friend.

Crews believe the body could resurface any day.

"A lot depends on the water temperature.  There's a lot of variable factors, but we are getting close to that time."

Wind Lake Fire Department Chief Rob Robins leads his municipality's dive team and is also chief of Wind Lake's volunteer fire department.

"Right now, the depth [is a challenge]," Robins says. "Visibility is not more than 10 feet."

"The bottom is very sedimentary," Friend added in a conversation with TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes.

"It stirs up very easily, and it's very difficult for the divers to see much."

A relative of that missing swimmer went out on a boat to show the search team where the man was last seen alive. A DNR warden showed TODAY'S TMJ4 the underwater sonar equipment they're using to scour the lake. At some points, the water was more than 40 feet deep.

"You have to be slow and methodical with it, because if you aren't there might be areas you'd miss," DNR Conservation Warden Jake Donar says.

Neighbors stood on shore watching the recovery effort, waiting for answers.

"Sadness, bad that somebody goes out on the lake and drowns just having a day of fun," Wind Lake resident Ron Hermanson says.